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Public Transit Performance Measurement. Measure What Really Matters Jerry Benson, Ph.D. Chief Operating Officer Utah Transit Authority September 13, 2010. Misguided Measurement Misdirects Policy. Measure What Really Matters?. Economic health Social justice Environmental protection.

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Public transit performance measurement

Public Transit PerformanceMeasurement

Measure What Really Matters

Jerry Benson, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer

Utah Transit Authority

September 13, 2010


Misguided measurement misdirects policy
Misguided MeasurementMisdirects Policy


Measure what really matters
Measure What Really Matters?

  • Economic health

  • Social justice

  • Environmental protection


Measure what really matters1
Measure What Really Matters?

National security

  • Foreign Oil Dependence

  • Housing Affordability

  • Movement of Goods


Public transit performance measurement

In 1973, after the OPEC oil embargo, the US had the opportunity to change its transportation system and reduce dependence on foreign oil.Instead, Americans have increased annual VMT per capita by 250 percent. Imported oil as a percentage of US oil consumption has increased from 35.8% in 1975 to 58.2% in 2007.


National and regional outcomes not micro operational outcomes should drive policy
National and Regional Outcomes, opportunity to change its transportation system and reduce dependence on foreign oil.Not Micro-Operational Outcomes, Should Drive Policy


Public transit performance measurement

Our Region’s Future opportunity to change its transportation system and reduce dependence on foreign oil.

Regional Choices and Outcomes

Environment

Transportation

Land Use

Energy Use

Housing

Opportunities

Job Creation

Land Consumption

Open Space

Water Use

Air Quality

Traffic

Miles of Driving


Land consumption
Land Consumption opportunity to change its transportation system and reduce dependence on foreign oil.

Analysis


Vehicle miles of travel per day
Vehicle Miles of Travel Per Day opportunity to change its transportation system and reduce dependence on foreign oil.


Total emissions tons per day
Total Emissions opportunity to change its transportation system and reduce dependence on foreign oil.Tons Per Day


Housing mix current and 2020
Housing Mix opportunity to change its transportation system and reduce dependence on foreign oil.: Current and 2020


Total infrastructure costs
Total Infrastructure Costs opportunity to change its transportation system and reduce dependence on foreign oil.


Public transit performance measurement

“Give me a lever long enough . . . and I shall move the world.”

(Archimedes)

The Transportation System

is the “Longest Lever” that creates a Region’s future urban form


The right transportation recipe
The Right Transportation Recipe world.”

  • A balanced transportation system

    MIXED WITH . . .

  • Land use that makes it effective

  • Quality service

  • Efficient operations



Utah s challenges
Utah’s world.”Challenges

  • No regional land use plan, authority.

  • Multiple MPO’s in urbanized area.

  • No regional outcome goals.

  • Unregulated, private parking.

  • Air quality conformity process doesn’t enable flexibility, creativity.